6 MONTHS, 6 LESSONS

6 months, 6 lessons, Stephi LaReine// UK Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger with pink hair

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It was almost 6 months ago, I decided to create my little space on the internet, and frankly it feels like the time has flown, like it was only yesterday I was drafting my introductory post!

I know it doesn’t sound like much time, but I can look back and realise how much I have changed in my writing, style, life and me as a person, not only that but my little blog has grown as I have grow too!

I started out with a goal to promote my personal style, arts, culture and be primarily a lifestyle blog over fashion, and now it holds a hybrid genre of its very own. I am my own niche, and one who talks of fashion, lifestyle, art, travel, beauty and advice. Being freelance is such an enlightening experience and I cannot state how happy it makes me knowing I write what I want. when I want, for the people I want, and to see other people’s lives having a positive effect as a result of my blogs advice…well let me tell you there is nothing more rewarding!

On my journey I have learnt so many things, that I would love to share 6 with you today…

Feel proud of what you write


Be content with the cards you dealt, this was something I took a little time adjusting to. I never studied journalism, my brain works in the visually creative medium not literal, why am I comparing myself to someone who has a masters degree in journalism?

I think it is okay to be a little different, and I wouldn’t let anyone tell me otherwise, that my creative expression cannot shape the form of any piece of writing. Once I took the path of independance and stopped judging my own posts aside others I learnt to unleash better content, and feel true happiness finishing a post whether my readers enjoyed it or not, I was happy.

Stay Passionate

 

This is an extension to my previous point, we have all been hit with the gruelling writers block. There is no shame in admitting that, I read that 90% of blogs are abandoned after 18 months due to lacking ideas, for anyone that has fallen victim to this, read an inspiring book, go on pinterest, do something to engage your brain and circulate some new thoughts. I’ve found it transparent when a blog has lost its soul. Sometimes passion dips and dives, you’ve got to ride the tide and remain positive, write about the things you want and write for the reader and not the brand.

Plan ahead of time

 

The planner has become my best friend, I’ve vowed when I go back to university to print off 12 blank calenders and schedule a structured posting system. For now I aim for 3/4 posts a week but always get down initial ideas for the rainy day like today I feel inspired to write about x y or z. Planning ahead helps us to manage our time, and give sufficient space to refine our opinions on said subject.

Be Honest

 

My most honest and truthful posts are the most refreshing to write, you guys have gone crazy for my advice posts and the more I pour out the more gets put back in. It’s been of large debate of how much us bloggers truly hold back, and I lead my life as an open book and a lot of my life is publicised online, I’ve learnt when reviewing sent items that honesty is key, some companies pay you for your nice reviews, but honestly are you going to trust a blog that only publishes good reviews, is it me or does that seem odd when I see everything is 10/10?

Success is not defined by your follow count

I have been fortunate enough to have grown from 0 followers to 2500+ on bloglovin, my twitter expanded by a few thousand, as well as my instagram but at no point does a number measure my personal goals achieved. Not all companies want someone with sky-high stats, particularly as the scandal of buying followers has been caught red handed it’s very evident where the real content comes from. The one great achievement that has come from my numbers expanding is my communication and all the friends I have made online, I treat you all like a friend sitting at the end of my bed at a sleepover, and cannot be more appreciative of the blog stephilareine.com has become today, all thanks to you!

Finally…have fun

It’s not all serious, have a little humor, it’s socially acceptable to ruffle some feathers, I’m not going to be a negative nancy and tell you that everything you do is has got to be black and white textbook but I personally love reading a good post that got some flair and snazziness, those kind of posts repeat in my head all week!

What lessons have you learnt from blogging?

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30 Comments

  1. Sandy Greere
    September 29, 2014 / 9:23 am

    This post is so inspiring for the people who are just starting out, I feel us little bloggers don't get enough attention as the big bloggers are given all the opportunities to work with brands but it goes to show you can really start from the bottom and not have to buy your way into a business, I love your website and so happy you enjoy what you do and have fun whilst being creative, that's being truly happy, well done stephi! xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  2. September 29, 2014 / 11:22 am

    This post has been a real eye opener for me! ive only been blogging for just over a month and I am doing it for fun rather than success and i love how you dont take yourself too seriously. I found this super helpful, you have really inspired me! Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚
    x

    http://lobloggs.blogspot.co.uk/

  3. September 29, 2014 / 12:18 pm

    I can't believe you've only been blogging for six months! You seem like an absolute pro already. I'm definitely going to remember some of these lessons and try to put them into practice! Congrats and happy 6-month-bloggiversary! xxx

  4. September 29, 2014 / 12:28 pm

    This is such a wonderful comment, thank you so much! Little bloggers aren't given enough chances unfortunately as they are all given to the well established as they're a brand who want the best exposure sadly!
    I'm so thankful to have the opportunities I've been given and done what I love and will continue to do so, thank you! x

  5. September 29, 2014 / 12:30 pm

    I would never be 100% serious because it's my own personal space and I don't strike myself as a serious person, I post the content I love writing about!
    I'm so so happy you've been inspired and thank you for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  6. September 29, 2014 / 12:33 pm

    Thank you that is such a great compliment, who knows how things will be in the future if I'm achieving at 6 months!
    Definitely, I really do hope I've helped and thank you dear ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  7. Anonymous
    September 29, 2014 / 1:03 pm

    You are such an inspiration!

  8. Lydia Rosette
    September 29, 2014 / 1:24 pm

    You seem like such a professional blogger, it gives hope for the rest of us if you've only been going 6 months, congrats, hope all goes well in the future!!!! xxxxxxxxxxxx

  9. September 29, 2014 / 2:35 pm

    You are definitely one of my favourite blogger. Your honest writing style is refreshing to read and I love reading all your post. I agree with the comments here, can't believe you've only blogged for 6 months, your posts reflect a seasoned blogger.

    Reflection of Sanity

  10. September 29, 2014 / 3:20 pm

    I'm glad to inspire, thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  11. September 29, 2014 / 3:22 pm

    That's so lovely to hear I come off that way! Thank you hopefully all should be fantastic for the future! x

  12. September 29, 2014 / 3:23 pm

    Great post! My planner + notebooks are definitely my best friends (in blogging + my design + freelance work).

    I would say having killer photos + design doesn't hurt either ๐Ÿ™‚ While creating awesome content is key, visuals can also make or break a post (in my experience/opinion).

    Thanks for sharing girl!

    Alex from http://www.yyztobos.com

  13. September 29, 2014 / 3:23 pm

    This comment put a massive grin on my face, thank you so much, it's so lovely to hear that people enjoy what I write and take everything I've said away with them into life, that's the best reward of them all! Thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  14. September 29, 2014 / 3:25 pm

    Preach! It doesn't harm to carry around a pen and bit of paper to jot down some new ideas!

    I've always said the content is king, but I would put practise before photos, as a photographer I agree it's important but unless you're purely photo based the text is of equal importance!

    Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  15. September 29, 2014 / 5:52 pm

    Wow well done on 6 months although I thought you'd been blogging for years you seem so experienced! Love the lessons especially plan ahead haha! Abi ๐Ÿ™‚
    MyW0rldMyView

  16. September 29, 2014 / 5:56 pm

    Thank you so much and I'm glad you liked it ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  17. Anonymous
    September 29, 2014 / 7:04 pm

    Love this!

  18. Anonymous
    September 29, 2014 / 7:38 pm

    You have done so well over the past few months, I bet in the next year you'll look back on this like it was barely anything by comparison! xxx

  19. September 29, 2014 / 9:00 pm

    Holy cow, I know you said it's not all about numbers, but 2,500 Bloglovin' followers in 6 months is pretty impressive! I basically just started blogging about 3 months ago and feel that I have already learned so much. I have so many blog post ideas, I force myself to stick to just 3 posts a week and just store the rest of them up for a rainy day!

    Cat
    http://oddlylovely.com

  20. September 29, 2014 / 9:21 pm

    Ahhh you have all the goodness to come dear ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  21. September 29, 2014 / 9:22 pm

    Hopefully so, thank you for the uplifting comment it's making me think great things about the future ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  22. September 29, 2014 / 9:25 pm

    I am pretty proud of myself to achieve what I have in such a short amount of time, it can only make me think of what is to come!
    It is a great learning process and if at 3 months you've discovered so much then well done to you, we have many years of knowledge ahead of us! I must do this!!! x

  23. September 29, 2014 / 10:42 pm

    WOW. def a very inspiring post.Iยดve only started 2 months ago and though this sounds like a mistery to me it also gave me some hope haha. Iยดll definitely keep on working hard ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

    dresses-and-travels

  24. September 30, 2014 / 12:54 am

    Wow, I can't believe you've only had your blog for 6 months. I've only had mine for about 2 and I can't imagine getting to your level. Congrats on all you've accomplished and I can't wait to see more!

  25. September 30, 2014 / 7:59 am

    thank you so much, go for it girl work your socks off! x

  26. September 30, 2014 / 8:03 am

    Thank you so much! ๐Ÿ˜€ x

  27. September 30, 2014 / 12:24 pm

    Thank you for the honest blog post. Congratulations on your anniversary and the success you've had. Keep the great posts coming!

  28. September 30, 2014 / 1:24 pm

    Thank you very much ๐Ÿ™‚ x

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